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date: 18 May 2021

Despite being a disorder of recognized antiquity, understanding of epilepsy remains quite limited. It is a common and, far too often, deadly neurological disorder that affects people of all ages. Epilepsy is a spectrum of disorders—the epilepsies—with a range of severities, widely differing seizure types and causes, and varying impacts on patients and their families. Epilepsy imposes an immense burden on individuals, families, and society, affecting more than 65 million people worldwide. The papers in this chapter have been chosen because they changed concepts about epilepsy, or in the case of more recent papers, have the potential of changing how we care for individuals with the disorder.

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